San Jose Sharks veteran forward Joe Thornton says he is willing to be open to some concessions in order to return to the team next season.
Thornton, 38, is dedicated to remaining a Shark.
“I want to come back, and I’m sure we’ll try to work something out. It’s no secret I’m a Shark,” Thornton said on Tuesday (h/t NHL.com).
“I bleed teal, and I want to come back. I know I’m going to be healthy when I come back, so I’m sure we can figure something out, but I want to come back.”
Thornton signed a one-year, $8-million deal with the Sharks last last summer and is looking at doing the same this offseason, if that’s what it takes to return.
“Yeah, I’m comfortable signing one-year deals, and it’s fine.”
Thornton also wants the Sharks to be able to target big names in free agency, and says that he is willing to take less money if it allows San Jose to do so.
“Absolutely, there’s enough money around for everybody … I want this team ultimately to win the Stanley Cup,” he said. “This city deserves it and these guys deserve it, so whatever we decide, (what’s) going to be in the back of my head is just making this team better.”
Stars Looking to Sign Tyler Seguin To Extension Next Summer
The Dallas Stars are looking towards next summer as the time to work out a long-term contract extension with Tyler Seguin, who is entering the final year of his current six-year, $34.5-million contract.
Seguin, 26, was eligible to ink a new deal on July 1st.
“I hope so,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said, according to Stars team reporter Mark Stepneski. “But I think I have mentioned from Day 1 that I don’t want people to panic if he is not signed when the season starts.
“I think the biggest thing is we need to have a good season – get off to a good start. I hope he is signed by then, but I know if he isn’t, we’ll get a good year out of him and go from there. But like I said, I am hopeful we can get it done. We’ll have to see.”
Seguin had a solid season last year for the Stars, posting a team-leading 40 goals, to go along with 78 points, which was second on the team.
“There are a lot of different things that go into this. There are signing bonuses, lockout protections,” Nill added. “There are a lot of different angles to these negotiations that come into play. We’re just continuing the dialogue and going from there.”
Wild Expected To Sign Greg Pateryn
The Minnesota Wild are expected to sign sign defenseman Greg Pateryn, according to a report from Larry Brooks of the New York Post .
Pateryn is coming off a career year with the Dallas Stars which saw the 28-year old set career highs in games played (73), points (13), and ATOI (19:37).
Pateryn was second on the Stars in blocked shots with 155 which is a career best as well.
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